Tonight, I watched the 2nd Lifetime film of 2020, Her Deadly Reflections (a.k.a. Shattered Memories)!
Why Was I Watching It?
Well, the main reason I was watching it was because it was on the Lifetime Movie Network and, by this point, everyone should know that there’s no way I can resist a new Lifetime film.
I also really liked the title. According to imdb, this film is also known as Shattered Memories but I prefer Her Deadly Reflections. I mean, “Deadly” is one of those word that, when it appears in a title, you simply can’t resist. Especially when that title happens to belong to a Lifetime film!
What Was It About?
It’s a Lifetime amnesia film!
Kelly Moore (Helena Mattsson) is an artist who has just woken up in the hospital. Apparently, she’s been in a terrible car accident. In fact, she’s lucky to have survived! Unfortunately, she’s also woken up with partial amnesia. She remembers her childhood. She remembers growing up. She remembers waking up in the hospital. But almost everything in-between is a blank. She no longer knows her husband, Dan (Corey Sevier). She barely knows her best friend, Allison (Melanie Stone) or Allison’s husband, Logan (Jake Stormeon).
What she does know is that she keeps having vague flashes of memory that suggest that there’s more to her injuries than just being in an accident. She sees herself falling out of a window and running from an unseen assailant. Who tried to kill her and why? That’s what Kelly has to try to figure out, while also putting together the clues to discover just what her life was like before the accident.
I always enjoy a good Lifetime amnesia film and Her Deadly Reflections contained all of the elements that you could hope for this unique cinematic genre, everything from hazy flashbacks to sudden realizations that neither Kelly’s marriage nor her friendships were quite as strong as she’s originally led to believe when she first wakes up. It’s an interesting dynamic. Because Kelly can’t remember anything that happened before her accident, everyone tries to pretend as if things were perfect before Kelly lost her memory. I imagine that’s what people would do in real life, as well.
Helena Mattsson did a good job in the lead role, capturing Kelly’s confusion as she struggled to figure out who she used to be. Melanie Stone was also well-cast as Kelly’s best friend.
What Did Not Work?
The film needed a few more suspects to really keep us guessing as to who attacked Kelly.. Once we eliminated all of the obvious the suspects, there was only one person left so the revelation of that person’s identity was not quite as shocking as it could have been.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
I’m happy to say that I’ve never had amnesia, though I did once total my car. (In fact, it flipped over and the fact that I wasn’t killed or even seriously injured was something of a miracle.) I could relate to Kelly and Allison’s friendship. I’ve had friends like Allison. I think we all have.
Memories are important so don’t ever let go of them.